Sound — 7
Britain's trio The Noisettes are pure classic punk with shadings of avant-jazz and sophisticated-pop all of which stem from English bands like The Damned to Simply Red. When The Damned were labeled as contemporaries of the Clash, The Noisettes can duelly be considered contemporaries of The Damned. Their music may not necessarily be innovative but it is abundantly creative and mark an interest in creating nouveau punk. What is very appealing about The Noisettes is their genuineness in making punk music. Vocalist/bassist Shingai Shoniwa has a natural affection for punk vocals and her band mates Dan Smith on backing vocals and guitar, and Jamie Morrison on drums are wizards at rotating their movements around Shoniwa's vocal melodies. The band's first full length album What's The Time Mr. Wolf on Universal Motown Records is steep in British influences from the outrageous voicing of the Sex Pistols to the stylish crimps of Siouxsie And The Banshees. The Noisettes girth covers all this ground with tracks like Don't Give Up and Sister Rosetta harnessing a Sleater-Kinney rashness and a Le Tigre gloss. The rugged guitar twists on tracks like Scratch Your Name and IWE have reflections of Billy Idol's former band Generation X with the chewy-ness of Australian punk contemporaries The Grates. Nothing to Dread churns aggressively with a Black Flag diligence and Mind The Gap shakes like saccharine punk that recalls Siouxsie And The Banshees. The Noisettes also experiment with their avant-jazz side on songs like The Count Of Monty Christo and Cannot Even Break Free with compelling nightclub crooning. Though many will disagree with me, I thought the band saved the best track for last, the jazz-blues ambience of Hierarchy which channels an Eartha Kitt-like purr out of Shoniwa.
Lyrics — 7
Some of the lyrics are about people in history like Sister Rosetta who was actually a black female gospel singer through the '30s and '40s, and The Count Of Monty Christo which is a book written by Alexandre Dumas about a young man who is falsely imprisoned. Other songs like Don't Give Up and Nothing To Dread speak words of encouragement. The Noisettes lyrics are really whatever strikes a chord with them and can make them feel passionate about singing.
Overall Impression — 7
The Noisettes do a phenomenal job at channeling their creativity energies. Their songs have wild dynamics and rash vocal movements as they jump all over the place but mainly stay in the punk realm. What might be most impressive about The Noisettes is that they show a girl can pound out punk tunes just as hard as the guys can and create the same behemoth waves.